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Red Bird

Red Bird

As the name suggests Red Bird features large bright orange / red berries in the autumn, which are popular with birds.  The autumn leaf colours are also attractive.

The flower clusters borne in early summer are a pure white, contrasting nicely with the fresh green toothed leaves - more impressive than those of most rowans.

In winter the smooth grey bark and dense spreading bare branches are attractive.

Sorbus alnifolia

Red Bird rowan trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £49.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Red Bird belongs to one of the less well-known rowan species, Sorbus alnifolia. This species has a wider climate range than most other rowans, and is a good choice if you want to plant a rowan tree and live in an area with a warm dry climate. It will also tolerate very cold climates, but is not suitable for hot humid climates.

Red Bird prefers slightly acidic soils.

It grows fairly quickly, initially with an upright column form, but noticeably more spreading as it ages.

History

The rowan species Sorbus alnifolia is sometimes known as the Korean Mountain Ash. The species name reflects the alder-like shape of the leaves, which are also more similar to the leaves of whitebeams, and some authorities consider this to be a whitebeam rather than a rowan

Red Bird characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flowering month:MayJune
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:No need to prune
    • Growth rate:Fast
    • Site conditions:Sheltered siteWindy site
  • Identification

    • Bark:Grey
    • Country of origin:South Korea
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Persistent

How to choose a Rowan or Whitebeam tree

We list more than 50 Sorbus (rowan and whitebeam) trees. Choosing can be difficult! Our article explaining the different berry and leaf colours might help narrow down the selection.